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Councils earn up to £8m from bus lane fines, finds

Motorists have been urged to take precautions to avoid fines after research found councils last year received up to £8 million from people driving in bus lanes last year.

Research by into which local authorities handed out the most penalty charge notices (PCNs) to motorists using bus lanes found – outside London – Manchester City Council topped the list, receiving £8.39m from 388,213 PCNs.

Glasgow City Council (89,658 PCNs/£2.87m) and Coventry City Council (86,414/£2.74m) were next.

Many councils now use CCTV to detect drivers using bus lanes, with the average cost of a PCN being £60.

Dan Hutson, head of motor insurance at, said: “Being caught out from driving in bus lanes can happen to the best of us, especially if you are driving in an unfamiliar part of a city or town.

“However, with cameras monitoring the roads more and more, it is essential to take extra precautions.

“As the Government lockdown continues to ease and drivers continue to increase their mileage, we urge motorists to refresh themselves of the rules of the roads to avoid any unwanted fines.”

He added: “If you have received a fine and you believe it is in error, it is possible to contest a penalty charge notice (PCN). However, keep in mind that if you don’t pay the fine within 14 days, the rate usually doubles.”

Rank Town/city Number of PCNs issued Money received
1 Manchester 388,213 £8,389,610
2 Glasgow 89,658 £2,874,720
3 Coventry 86,414 £2,738,309
4 Reading 71,693 £2,176,571
5 Nottingham 74,275 £2,122,118
6 Birmingham 70,430 £2,065,736
7 Cardiff 76,651 £1,856,146
8 Brighton and Hove 75,029 £1,846,643
9 Bristol 64,035 £1,822,046
10 Cambridge 74,224 £1,821,213


Out of all UK cities, the most fines were handed out in London in the last year. Lambeth Borough Council issued 41,628 bus lane PCNs in the last year, which generated £2.7 million in income. This was followed by Ealing (£1.82m), Kingston upon Thames (£1.65m) and Camden (£1.33m).

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Rank Borough Number of PCNs issued Money received
1 Lambeth 41,628 £2,731,832
2 Ealing 33,713 £1,822,268
3 Kingston upon Thames 23,981 £1,650,300
4 Camden 20,452 £1,334,470
5 Merton 21,014 £1,285,373
6 Hammersmith and Fulham 20,495 £1,235,014
7 Barking and Dagenham 20,665 £1,035,734
8 Bromley 16,607 £979,000
9 Haringey 16,819 £882,711
10 Enfield 10,111 £768,857


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